You just got through a very difficult campaign. The result was much closer than initially predicted, and there were a lot of rumors spread about you during the race: that you were Jewish, a Christian, ethnic Chinese, a communist, an American agent, etc. Then your opponent disputed the results. Has all that made this diverse country even more divided, and how can you reunite it?
When you form your cabinet, will you also bring people from different parties together to show national unity?
I'm willing to work with all parties to reform Indonesia.
You're the first Indonesian president with no ties to the Suharto regime. You represent a new generation. What does that say about Indonesia and about the kind of president you'll be?
Will the fact that you never had any stars on your shoulders or were married to the daughter of Suharto [as Prabowo, an ex-general, was] allow you more freedom?
That's right. For me, democracy must deliver a better life for the people.
Have previous Indonesian governments not done a good job at that?
So will you do that on a national level?
I can invite them to the offices and show them that this is how to get a business permit, that it's very easy, like this, like this, like this.
Won't Indonesia's devolution of power to its many regions make this more difficult?
No, because 85 percent of their budgets come from the central government. So for me, it's very easy.
Can you control how that money is spent?
We will create what we call an Indonesian smart card that can be used for education, and [help them in other ways].
What will you do to combat the threat of political Islam and to preserve Indonesia's reputation for tolerance?
We will talk to everyone.
Can Indonesia serve as a model for other Muslim countries struggling with such problems?
Yes. We have good experience. Here we combine the military approach with the soft approach. We have programs to inform people that this is right and this is wrong.
You're talking about education on the true nature of Islam?
Education for students, yes, but dialogue with the people is also very important. Indonesia has been very successful in combating terrorism over the last decade.
And how serious is the threat of terrorism today?
I think it's more or less declining.
What is the most important thing you want outsiders to know about your new government and Indonesia?